Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Appointment

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP has welcomed the appointment of Greg Hunt as the new Minister for Health.

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18 January 2017

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP has welcomed today’s appointment of Greg Hunt as the new Minister for Health and his own appointment as the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been asked by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to serve as Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health,” Mr Wyatt said.

“I am thrilled that the importance of Aged Care has been recognised by the Prime Minister having been elevated to its own Ministry and I am honoured to be serving as the Minister responsible for such an important portfolio.

“Aged Care is a partnership between the consumer, their carers, the providers, the policy makers, the government and the wider community and I look forward to be able to take on this new and crucial role in that partnership.

“Consultation with the sector has been a feature of aged care reform up until now and I will ensure consultation with the sector will continue to be a cornerstone for initiatives in this area.”

In addition to being appointed the Minister for Aged Care, Mr Wyatt will also assume the newly created role of Minister for Indigenous Health.

“The health outcomes of Indigenous Australians are of paramount importance to me. I am humbled by the opportunity to be the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Commonwealth Ministry and to be the Minister responsible for such an important portfolio,” Mr Wyatt said.

Mr Wyatt paid tribute to the people of his electorate for their support.

“I want to sincerely thank the people of Hasluck for giving me this enormous opportunity, not just as their representative, but to also serve the nation in two crucial portfolios. I am incredibly grateful for their support and humbled by their trust in me as their local representative,” Mr Wyatt said.

“I look forward to working with both Minister Hunt and Assistant Minister Dr David Gillespie.”

For more information, please contact the Minister’s Office on 02 6277 4707 or mobile 0435 686 314.

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